Formas international activities should increase the opportunities for Swedish researchers and universities to collaborate internationally, and support development of knowledge with high scientific quality and relevance for sustainable development. Sustainable development is a common international challenge and the UN sustainable development goals demands an increased international partnership, especially in the areas of knowledge acquisition and dissemination.
We live in a world of increasing globalization, where competition for skills, creativity and capital is becoming successively tougher. This creates both opportunities and challenges for a relatively small country such as Sweden that has a reputation for having a strong knowledge-base. Active international research collaborations are therefore essential in ensuring access to global knowledge, to promote Swedish innovative skills and competitiveness, and to contribute to sustainable development.
You can find out more about how Formas works internationally under the following headings: